Joseph H. Blackbird was born July 21, 1937 in Ephinstone, Manitoba, Canada.
Joe went into the arms of the Lord on Oct. 26, 2007.
He is survived by Lois White, his life-long companion of 30 years. He also leaves his sisters and brothers, Carol Lenox, Bernice Blackbird, Doris Gray, Betty Hogg, Jean Morton and Hank Blackbird, daughter, Denise Medina and Tony Williams; son, Avel Medina, Sr. and Neva; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Joe is preceded in death by his loving parents, Harry and Jessie Blackbird; and brother, Dan Blackbird.
Joe spent two years in the Canadian Army and participated in numerous sports such as boxing, track, hockey and baseball. Joe loved baseball and was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame on June 5, 2004. He played for Augusville Cardinal baseball team from 1963 to 1968. Joe was a big mariners fan. He attended Birtle Residential school through the 11th Grade.
Joes strength and perseverance were an inspiration and he will truly be missed.
Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.
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